Oak the Stewardship Gnome!
Gnomes are very affectionate and sentimental. They rub noses with family and friends to say hello, farewell and goodnight (and kiss!).
The normal lifespan of a gnome is a mere 400 years!
Oak is hiding in the woods but wants to share his top picks with you...
|Movie Pick||The Secret Life of Pets|
|Favorite Native Species||Mock Orange & Big Leaf Maple|
|Last Book Read||"Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak|
|Top Sport||Chasing Rainbows|
|Recently Seen Native Birds||Black-headed Grosbeak & Barred Owl|
|Red Hat Hobby||Volunteering in the Natural Areas|
See if you can spot Oak in the wild today! #loparksgnomes
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How tall is a Male gnome and what does he weigh? (How about a Female gnome?)
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Why do gnomes wear red hats?
How many children will a gnome mother have? (Hint, it never varies!)
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Blossom, Greenie and Oak MOVE THE FIRST OF EACH MONTH to new parks!
* Find 3 gnomes in 3 new natural park areas monthly from Apr. to Oct.
* Take a photo of you, your dog or anything else by a gnome!
* Post your gnome photos on social media at #LOparksgnomes
* #LOparksgnomes photos go in a contest to win a gnome in Oct!
OCTOBER GNOME HUNT (See Map in Attachments)
LUSCHER FARM (125 Rosemont Rd. – Park behind the barn. Take the paved path that follows the fields along Rosemont Rd.)
This 42 acre mixed use park host an active farm, gardens and acres of natural areas. Put on your walking shoes and get ready for an adventure!)
1. Take a LEFT at the entrance of Luscher Farm. Follow the paved path by the fields and cross the footbridge. Look for Red Tail Blackbirds in this riparian area. Pass by Firlane Farm (notice the Fir trees along the lane!) Blossom is reading a poem etched in a tall basalt column.
2. Take a LEFT at the Y. Look for Red Tail Hawks soaring overhead. Follow the path by historical markers and through an old apple orchard. Greenie is hoping an apple falls into his hands!
3. Follow the path until you come to a crossing with a YIELD sign. Take a LEFT on the gravel/dirt road that leads into the meadow. If you’re quiet, you may spot White Tail Deer grazing. Look for a “secret” dirt trail on the LEFT. Oak is hiding amidst a canopy of trees that reach over the trail. (If you follow this “secret” trail, you’ll loop back by the apple orchard.)
ROEHR PARK (355 Oswego Point Dr.)
This 7.5 acre park has a paved path following the banks of the Willamette River.
1. Get ready to watch for Osprey and Bald Eagles as they hunt for fish! Follow the path past a historical marker and continue under footbridge #1. Blossom found a grove of whimsical trees that look pieces of art!
2. Continue along the path and look for signs about the history of the Iron Furnace. Pass under footbridge #2. Greenie is hanging out by a lone “wildlife habitat tree” where Crows, Osprey and Eagles like to roost! This area provides a great view of the Willamette River.
3. Oak challenges you to follow the path to the end where there are 4 intertwined trees. You’ll cross a footbridge and walk along the river. Keep an eye out for River Otter and Sea Lion, who are hoping to have a Salmon for dinner!
WOODMONT PARK (Intersection of Knaus Rd. and Atwater Rd.)
This 6.8 acre natural park was recently redone and hosts trails, vistas and a nature play area.
1. Blossom says “Come find me!” Follow the gravel path up to the scenic overlook area. Sit down on the basalt bench and listed for the Pileated Woodpecker. Our red hat wearing friend was last seen hugging a large Cedar tree near by.
2. Loop the meadow and return to a wood chip trail leading into the woods. Watch for the Giant birds nest and then, sit in it! Listen for “hoot” of the Barred Owl that lives in the trees as you wind down the trail. Greenie has taken cover from the rain inside a large Maple tree stump!
3. Head out of the woods and take a LEFT at the gravel trail by the Nature Play area. Consider crawling through a log! Then, follow the trail along the meadow and watch for Rabbits. Oak say to look for him hiding under a Fir tree that is near Atwater Rd.